Troy Men’s Tennis returns with pair of home matches

TROY, Ala ( – The Troy men’s tennis team hasn’t played a competitive match in over three weeks, but will return on Wednesday when it hosts a pair of matches at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.  The Trojans will host Alabama A&M at 12 p.m. and Jacksonville State at 2 p.m.  Admission to all home tennis matches is free.

Troy (12-11) has won 11 of its last 13 matches, but the Trojans haven’t played since March 15 when they beat Eastern Kentucky and Southern Illinois on a neutral court in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.  Troy has played just one match at home this season, a March 4 win over Chattanooga, but will host six this week.

Pablo Moreno owns Troy’s best record in single splay this spring at 12-5, followed by Mustapha Belcora at 10-4.  Daniel Bustamante has played mostly in the No. 1 singles slot and has a 7-8 record, but seven of those losses are against nationally-ranked opponents.

As a team, Troy has played an incredibly tough schedule as nine of its 11 losses have come against ranked teams, and all 11 have come in true road matches.

Alabama A&M (0-11) hosts North Alabama on Tuesday before making the trip to Troy on Wednesday.  The Bulldogs are winless on the season and most recently lost a pair of matches at Auburn on Saturday.

Jacksonville State (7-11) also played last weekend, losing at home against Eastern Kentucky on Friday before winning at home against Morehead State on Saturday.

Following Wednesday ‘s matches, Troy will host four matches on Sunday.  South Alabama, Florida A&M, No. 51 Georgia State and Alabama State will all visit the Lunsford Tennis Complex with matches set to begin at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Troy will honor its two seniors, Bustamante and Giovani Samaha, with a ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

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